New program aims to reduce homeless arrests in Chico

Mar 3, 2015 6:07 PM by News Staff

The Jesus Center along with the Chico Police Department have started a new rehab program that would serve as an alternative to continually arresting the city's homeless population.

The new program, Club Now, would look at the root of the problem and aim to provide rehab services for homeless people who break the law. When offenders are released from jail, which in most cases is a short time after they were arrested, Jesus Center officials will require them to complete the rehab program in order to continue to receive food and other services at the center.

The program will consist of a six hour program over three days, the first day will focus on life skills such as anger management, community values and personal values. The second day will be an alcoholics anonymous type course and the third day will be case specific.

If they offend again the six hour program will be extended to a month or three months depending on the severity and continuity of offenses.

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